1. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer…

  2. The Academy Is...

    May 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Every night, our singer William has been doing quite the jump off the drum kit, which is about two meters from the ground, including the drum riser. Today I am writing from Virginia Beach, where we are playing at the Verizon Amphitheatre. I must admit I was a little disappointed when I…

  3. Sting, Spinal Tap, The Killers

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This week, Billboard tackle's Sting's latest legal problems with a former chef, plus Spinal Tap requests a very special guest for its Live Earth performance and the Killers talk new album. Tell us wh This week, Billboard tackle's Sting's latest legal problems with a former…

  4. Spinal Tap Reuniting For Live Earth Show

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from global warming. The fictional heavy metal group immortalized in the 1984 mockumentary, "This Is Spinal Tap," will reunite f Spinal Tap is back, and this time the band wants to help save the world from…

  5. The Charms

    October 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The hotel employee describing how to get to the room sounded almost identical to Bo Diddley giving backstage directions to Spinal Tap, minus the "short jog" part. We actually had a "Helloooo Cleveland!" moment pretty much as soon as we arrived in the city. Got dropped off…

  6. Volkswagen Cars To Feature First Act Guitars

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Burgeoning guitar maker First Act and auto giant Volkswagen have struck a deal through which new VW customers will receive a brand new six-string that is playable through the car's stereo system. Burgeoning guitar maker First Act and auto giant Volkswagen have struck a deal through which…

  7. Navarro Turns Real-Life Drama Into 'The Product'

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Panic Channel guitarist Dave Navarro has co-created a new TV series that goes behind the scenes to show what it's really like playing in a well-known rock band. The Panic Channel guitarist Dave Navarro has co-created a new TV series that goes behind the scenes to show what it's…

  8. Top Acts Salute Harry Smith On Four-Disc Set

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted by acts such as Elvis Costello, Beck, Wilco and Lou Reed on the four-disc boxed set "The Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk M The life and work of musicologist Harry Smith will be saluted on the four-disc boxed…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Beloved hard rock veterans Spinal Tap come back from the dead at New York's Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival.<br clear="no 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach…

  10. Claypool Scores With Book, Jam Band Mockumentary

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The book, "South of the Pumphouse," is due in July via Akashic Books, while the movie, "Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo," has been making the rounds at film festivals in recent months. Between finishing a new studio album and regular touring, Primus bassist/vocalist…

  11. Melvins Expand Lineup, Ready Live Album

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Now expanded to a quartet, the Melvins have been joined by Hydra Head recording artists Big Business. Like Spinal Tap's bad luck with drummers, the Melvins have similar problems holding on to bassists. Their latest four-string casualty was Kevin Rutmanis, but the group -- led by longtime…

  12. Rundgren Steps In For Ocasek In New Cars

    November 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cars principals Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes are in talks to team with veteran singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren in a new incarnation of pioneering new wave rock act the Cars, which will tour and possi Cars principals Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes are in talks to team with veteran singer…

  13. Shearer Launches Label, Readies Several Projects

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Harry Shearer has put his stamp on such iconic roles as Spinal Tap bass player Derek Smalls and "The Simpsons" nosy neighbor Ned Flanders, but he's about to add record label owner to his resume. Harry Shearer has put his stamp on such iconic roles as Spinal Tap bass player…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>2004 - </b>Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and…

  15. Roommate Refurbishes Lost D. Boon Tapes

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST A former roommate of late singer/guitarist D. Boon has expanded a CD of previously unreleased recordings, "D. Boon & Friends," which was originally released in 2003. With classic punk trio the Minutemen back in the spotlight thanks to a new documentary , a former roommate of…

  16. A Closer Look At Music On Television This Week (Nov. 1-7)

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV (Nov. 1-7, 2004). VOTE! If you are a registered U.S. voter, remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2! If you're either not registered or not yet of voting age, then please encourage those you know who are to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you…

  17. 45TunesOnTV

    November 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 1-7, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, NOV. 1 "The Jane Pauley Show," Syndicated Featured artist: John Mellencamp. "Las Vegas," NBC Featured artist: Black Eyed Peas. "BET Concert Special: Live From Paradise,…

  18. 34TunesOnTV

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 16-22, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 16 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Bruce Hornsby (also scheduled: Erica Kennedy, Tonya Lewis Lee, Crystal McCrary Anthony). "Total Request Live," MTV…

  19. Tunes On TV

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Sept. 15-21, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 15 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured Artist: Simon & Garfunkel (also scheduled: Hugh Jackman, Naomi Campbell). "The Sharon Osbourne Show," Syndicated Featured…

  20. Tunes On TV

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 18-24, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, AUG. 18 "The View," ABC Featured Artist: The Donnas (also scheduled: guest co-host Rebecca Powers, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Nancy Grace, Robert Thompson). "The Parkers,"…

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